RCPsych eNewsletter February 2019

In February's blog, Wendy discusses the Long Term Plan, the new Mental Health Twitter Book Club and improving NHS staff wellbeing.

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Find out when nominations open for the next College President and Registrar, and all you need to know about College elections.

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We're seeking five social media champions to help us provide the best ever coverage of this year’s International Congress.

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Enter the Morris Markowe Prize and win £1,000. Submit your article on a psychiatric topic aimed at the general public by Wednesday 1 May 2019.

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We’re inviting nominations for RCPsych awards – while ACCEA are also accepting entries for the Clinical Excellence Awards.

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Would you make a good College Fellow? We’re inviting members who have made a significant contribution to psychiatry to apply.

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In the next President’s lecture, Dr Lawrence Yang will talk about early detection of possible psychosis in young people and ask, is Stigma linked with symptoms or the At Risk Identification?’.

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Dr Nitisha Patel, an ST6 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainee at SWLSTG, and currently a Medical Education Fellow at ELFT, is one of two parliamentary scholars.

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Please check our Posts for Members page regularly for current posts.

Current vacancies include:

Specialty Doctors’ Committee Representatives

Are you passionate about improving SAS grade recognition and ensuring that development opportunities are presented to Specialty Doctors? If so, the Specialty Doctors’ Committee needs representatives in the following areas:

  • Academic Faculty
  • General Adult Faculty
  • Liaison Faculty
  • Medical Psychotherapy Faculty
  • Old Age Faculty
  • Perinatal Faculty
  • RCPsych in Wales
  • South Eastern Division
  • South West Division
  • West Midlands Division

Learn more and meet some of our current committee members

Anyone wishing to join the Specialty Doctors' Committee should contact the committee secretary, Vivine Muckian, at specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk for further details.

Read the full job description (PDF)

You can find a list of all College events on the website.

These include:

RCPsych in Northern Ireland updates

Read the Chair's blog and the monthly update.

RCPsych in Wales

Renowned poet, author and playwright Patrick Jones is embarking on a highly anticipated project which will highlight the experiences of those living with Dementia across Wales. The project #ThisIsMyTruthTellMeYours, part of his artistic residency at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, sees Jones deliver a series of creative writing workshops with groups of people living with dementia. The workshops, in tandem with a campaign that looks to gather artistic contributions from the Welsh public will culminate in a series of spoken word features, monologues and cycles of song. This work, reflective of the workshops and contributions, will be performed and featured by a number of musicians and artists and exhibited across Wales. The pre-arranged #ThisIsMyTruthTellMeYours workshops are taking place throughout February in Barmouth, Cowbridge, Chepstow and Burry Port. Visit the website for more information.

RCPsych Publishing updates

BJPsych Advances call for papers

BJPsych Advances, RCPsych's peer-reviewed CPD journal for consultant psychiatrists, invites clinical experts to submit proposals for Articles, Clinical Reflections and Refreshments on current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry. Articles typically discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. Find out more information about the journal or submit a proposal to the journal.

Access to RCPsych journals

Did you know you can use your RCPsych member log in details to access BJPsych and BJPsych Advances? Click “log in” from the journal website, select “RCPsych” from the Society drop down menu, and enter the same username and password that you use to gain access to My RCPsych on the College website. See the full instructions and note BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych International, and BJPsych Open are freely accessible online.

Keep up-to-date with the latest content

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New BJPsych Bulletin section for trainees – Praxis

BJPsych Bulletin is developing an entirely new Trainees’ section. Praxis will launch in 2019. Find out more.

Library updates

Suggest a book

Is there a particular book we don't have that would make a useful addition to the library? Do you think we need more copies of an important textbook?

The Library welcomes suggestions from members for library stock. Members can send us an email at infoservices@rcpsych.ac.uk or give us a call on 020 3701 2761 / 020 3701 2520. These can be for books, journals or online resources.

Items suggested will be carefully considered but not all necessarily obtained

Please always check the library catalogue before making a suggestion.

CPD Online

CPD Online offers a selection of free modules for those without a paid subscription. You can log in to the free modules straight away using the same username and password with which you access the members' area of the College website.

Keep up to date with the latest CPDO eNewsletter.

Psychiatrist Support Service

Psychiatrists experiencing personal or professional difficulties can access free, confidential support via PSS - call on 020 7245 0412.

RCPsych Insight

Check out the latest edition of the College's magazine for members, RCPsych Insight, as well as other editions.

What did you think of the latest edition of RCPsych Insight? Email us your thoughts to magazine@rcpsych.ac.uk, or tweet us using the hashtag #RCPsychInsight.

RCPsych International Congress 2019

International Congress, 1-4 July 2019, London:  the International Congress is now open for bookings.  This year’s event sold out and many were unable to secure their bookings on time. Make sure you don’t miss out in 2019 and book your place now.

Position Statements

In the past 2 months, the College has published the following Position Statements:

PS04/18: Withdrawal of, and alternatives to, valproate-containing medicines in girls and women of childbearing potential who have a psychiatric illness (PDF)

This Position Statement provides advice to psychiatrists in responding effectively to the change in regulatory requirements on the prescribing of valproate medicines to pregnant women or those with childbearing potential.

PS05/18 The prescribing of varenicline and vaping (electronic cigarettes) to patients with severe mental illness (PDF)

This Position Statement provides advice to psychiatrists on prescribing varenicline as a smoking cessation option to those with Severe Mental Illness and highlights the contribution of electronic cigarettes to reducing the harms associated with tobacco use.

Psych Star Scheme – applications now open

Our new one year scheme is open to medical students with an interest and commitment to psychiatry seeking mentoring and financial support for activities intended to increase awareness and knowledge of psychiatry. Successful applicants will receive mentoring, free registration for International Congress 2019, and a CPD and travel fund. Apply before midnight 3 March 2019.

Find out how to apply

ACP 360 multi-source feedback

Do you use the College’s multi-source feedback system, ACP 360, to collect feedback for your appraisal?

Over 5,000 consultant Psychiatrists have signed up to ACP 360 to gain patient and colleague feedback required for revalidation. The assessment tools have been created specifically for psychiatrists and provide benchmarking directly to other psychiatrists. This means that you can get the most meaningful and relevant feedback to support in your personal and professional development. Individuals can register for as little as £26 a year, and there are further discounts for organisations joining ACP 360.

Sign up today or find out more on the ACP360 page.

RCPsych Medical Training Initiative (MTI) – Trust applications open

We are pleased to confirm that we are now accepting applications from Trusts wishing to employ MTI International Fellows from August 2019.

Please refer to the RCPsych MTI Guidance for Trusts (PDF), which has recently been updated. If you would like to apply, please complete the updated RCPsych MTI Trust Submission Form (DOCX) and email to mti@rcpsych.ac.uk by 15 March 2019. Both of these documents, and further information about our MTI scheme, can be found on our MTI pages.

If you have any questions, please email mti@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Election results

The 2019 election results are now available. You can also see information about our election processes and a timetable for the next rounds of election.

Read the commentary in this month's BJPsych Kaleidoscope column and take the quiz for your chance to win.

December's answers can be now be found in the December Kaleidoscope column.

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